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1 a sudden and violent collapse [syn: fiasco]
2 flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer

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  1. A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other debris.
  2. An event or enterprise that ends disastrously.
    • 1848 The Brunswickers were routed and had fled -- their Duke was killed. It was a general debacle. - William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
    • 2003 The demo was a debacle -- instead of shaving off three seconds, I’d added thirty. I wanted to cry. - Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom


breaking or bursting forth; violent rush or flood of waters
event or enterprise that ends disastrously

Extensive Definition

Debacle: The First Decade is a compilation released by Violent Femmes in 1990.

Track listing

  1. "Gimme the Car"
  2. "Nightmares"
  3. "Black Girls"
  4. "Add it Up"
  5. "Children of the Revolution"
  6. "Good Feeling"
  7. "Gone Daddy Gone"
  8. "Fat"
  9. "Old Mother Reagan"
  10. "Blister in the Sun"
  11. "Country Death Song"
  12. "Ugly"
  13. "World We're Living In"


debacle in Swedish: Debacle: The First Decade

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